Retro/Grade Review (PlayStation 3)

If Jeff Minter’s Space Giraffe and Guitar Hero had a bastard child this game would be it. Retro/Grade is a shooter with a difference brought to you by 24 caret games. It has the mechanics of guitar hero but the look of Space Giraffe all wrapped up into one. If that’s not enough for you the game is also played in reverse! Reverse I hear you say? Yes, the first level is actually the last level and the first thing you see upon play is the final boss blowing up and the credits rolling. Now that’s all out of the way let’s get onto the review.

Retro/Grade Review Pros:

  • Bright psychedelic graphics.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Interesting gameplay choices. Guitar Hero as a shooter never felt so fresh
  • Has guitar support and works very well, A good reason to dust the bad boy off and have a blast
  • A lot of bright colors and detailed backgrounds react to the music
  • Challenge mode is the true bread and butter of the game. Each scenario demanding skill under increasingly difficult circumstances like low health, No power-ups, etc. And there are loads of challenges to get through
  • Loads to unlock from artwork to music to ships. Ships can see you flying a T-Rex in a ship or even a Minecraft ship
  • Rewind feature ala Grid, Forza so if you mess up and have enough retro fuel you can rewind time and undo your cock up
  • Campaign names keep it humourous with names like Rickrolling or we take all your bases as an example
  • A DJ mode where you can play unlocked music on a set of turntables and crossfade, adjust BPM, and scratch to your heart’s content
  • You can unlock cheats to aid you on your quest to finish all the challenges
  • The menus and HUD feel very StarDust/Geometry Wars both in look and style
  • Has online leaderboards for score chasers
  • Has a tutorial and a practice section to help nail those harder levels.

Retro/Grade Review Cons:

  • The music choices may not be to everyone’s taste.
  • The campaign is short compared to challenge mode. On easy, you will easily do the campaign within 2 hours
  • The gameplay can get very repetitive after you’ve seen all the types of variations thrown at you.
  • Blink and you will die on the harder difficulties
  • As good as the backgrounds are, They can actually put you off as ships fly by or bright lights resemble enemies in some cases
  • Playing with a controller is fine but when attempting extreme difficulty it severely lacks precision and a guitar is better suited
  • A few sections in levels have that “its there as a filler” feeling and don’t quite fit the rest of the level layout.


Developer: 24 Caret Games
Publisher: 24 Caret Games
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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


In summary, it is a good game and it’s good to see a new style of game, But I can’t help but feel custom music would have really set this game off. The levels are paced well enough to enable that whole “Just one more go” mentality. At least try out the demo and give it a go.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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